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Marley Reviews

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Clay Cane
BET.com
April 20, 2012
'Marley' will go down in cinematic history as one of the greatest music documentaries of all time. The first must-see movie of 2012.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
April 20, 2012
Celebrates his spirit, his creativity, his genius and his influence, even if it errs on the side of hagiography.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 20, 2012
Given the legal and logistical constraints on this long-delayed project, this lengthy movie is as comprehensive a history as Marley's fans could have hoped, but the uninitiated may not catch a fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 20, 2012
Bob Marley wrote the same song about 8,000 times, and the documentary "Marley" makes sure to include each version.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
April 20, 2012
Even audiences for whom easing up to dutty riddims is not an habitual pursuit will get an intoxicating whiff of reggae's soothing powers from Marley...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 20, 2012
This is a life story worth telling, and "Marley" does it much justice. Marley may or may not have been perfect, but he was certainly fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 20, 2012
It's hard to imagine audiences who don't know much about the man sticking around for more than a few minutes of this. And they're the ones who need to know about him most of all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
April 20, 2012
A fascinating account of a complex, charismatic man.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
April 20, 2012
The movie has enormous force - because it's about a genius, yes, but even more so because of the intelligence, passion and wit of the people who knew Marley.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Malitz
Washington Post
April 20, 2012
It's exhaustive without being exhausting, an eye-opening and all-encompassing portrait that should go a long way to rescuing him from being a marijuana mascot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tara Brady
Irish Times
April 20, 2012
Kevin Macdonald's solid, informative, respectful bio-doc is not quite the dazzling, innovative non-fiction we might have expected from the Oscar-winning director of Touching the Void.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
April 20, 2012
Every now and then, the movie comes close to placing us where the music often did - in the realm of the mystical, with a beat everybody could dance to.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
April 19, 2012
There's nothing innovative about Marley, but it's a fine example of traditional documentary done right.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
April 19, 2012
Like all great documentaries, it will leave you feeling all stirred up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
April 19, 2012
It may, finally, be the best and last word on the man, his music and his myth that we ever get on film -- an estimable achievement in itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Dana Stevens
Slate
April 19, 2012
Chronologically organized and voiceover-free, the movie is a 145-minute patchwork of old concert footage and talking-head interviews -- lots and lots of them -- from people who knew, loved, and worked with the reggae giant.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 19, 2012
The enormous popularity of the transcendent reggae superstar shows no signs of abating, a situation"Marley," a moving and authoritative new documentary, takes as its mission to illustrate and explain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Gene Stout
Seattle Times
April 19, 2012
Even those who know reggae star Bob Marley inside and out might be amazed by the scope, detail and beauty of "Marley"...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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April 19, 2012
Stylistically unremarkable, playing it safe with structure, the film is still quietly revelatory.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.8/10
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 19, 2012
The director, Kevin Macdonald, searches for clarity amid the contradictions of Marley's life and reaches no conclusions, but that's a tribute to his subject's complexity in a film of fascinating too-muchness.
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